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July 2011

One of my Best Meals EVER!


Last night, I went for an *early* dinner at 11pm at Stephen Starr’s El Rey. I go there a lot and I am always impressed with the food and general attitude of everyone inside.

But last night, I was feeling a tad difficult 😉 and all I wanted was a breakfast burrito. A breakfast burrito at 11pm, you say? Well, that’s what I was craving. And what I got hit the spot like never before.

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Notes from the 57th Summer Fancy Food Show


Last week, the ladies of COOK ventured south of the Mason-Dixon line to sweltering Washington DC for the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade’s (NASFT) 57th Summer Fancy Food Show. The 3-day event, normally held in NYC, showcased 180,000 specialty foods and beverages and was a combination of overwhelming and delicious. And while we didn’t see them down there, I know that COOK’s Philly pals Metropolitan Bakery and Di Bruno Bros were also there to sample the goods and promote their own. Herewith, some observations and brilliant finds.

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Recipe: Apricot Almond Chicken Salad with Lemon Poppy Buttermilk Dressing


Here we are, in the throes of summer heat! Personally, I love the all the food that comes with summer. Whether you’re talking about a fresh tomato, juicy watermelon, or a grilled piece of meat, I’m all about it. It’s great to be eating and drinking al fresco too, but when the temperatures climb close to 100 degrees, it’s just too hot to do anything, let alone cook in a hot kitchen. But you have to eat, you can’t eat take-out every night, and who has the energy to cook when it’s so stupid hot outside?

This dish is an almost no-cook meal, especially if you buy a grocery store rotisserie chicken. Great for a summer time dinner or to pack for your honey’s lunch. It goes together in a few minutes.

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Party Like it’s 1789!


(DISCLAIMER: I’m the biggest Francophile on Earth. If anything I say in the post seems to mock the French it’s only out of love and respect for their language, culture and dang good food. Now, read on…)

What’s more French that saying “oh la la la la la la la la la la” after anything even remotely astonishing/impressive/spoken out loud? Bastille Day. And now, if only I could get the blog to play La Marseillaise

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The Vendy Awards are only a day away!


Tomorrow, my little COOKies, the mother of all street food competitions will take Philly’s sidewalk chefs by storm. That’s right, I’m talking about The Vendy Awards. And COOK will be there not only to line up some awesome new instructors for our space but also to report back on all the deliciousness that goes down.

We told you about the Vendys a month or so ago but now that the finalists and judges have been announced, we had to tell you again.

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